This Working Group is exploring the 'rights ecosystems' of community cultural heritage archives and developing new systems of 'best practices' for cultural knowledge management to inform policy deliberations.
Their work includes documenting Canadian norms and practices for using and sharing moving image cultural goods including Indigenous traditional knowledge protocols, learning about rights issues as our communities understand them, publicizing, disseminating, and applying international cultural rights norms (which prioritize community rights). How do these practices and protocols intersect with intellectual property laws? How can we develop digital infrastructures for copyright fair dealing in the Canadian context?
Mary Elizabeth Luka
Dr. Mary Elizabeth (“M.E.”) Luka is Assistant Professor of Arts & Media Management at the Department of Arts, Culture, Media (UTSC), cross-appointed to the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Dr. Luka is an award-winning scholar, policy maker, activist, and digital media maker for the arts and creative economy, broadcasting and telecommunications. She studies co-creative and collaborative modes of creative production and distribution in the digital age, to investigate how arts, culture, media, and civic sectors are networked together.
Dr. Luka has worked with 100+ cultural organizations as a consultant, staff member or advisor. She is Past Chair of the Board for Arts Nova Scotia, and past member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, NSCAD University’s Board of Governors, and the Provincial and Territorial Advisory Group of the Cultural Human Resources Council. She is a founding member of research-creation and public art walking group, Narratives in Space + Time Society (NiS+TS).
Rosemary J. Coombe holds the Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture at York University in Toronto, where she is a Full Professor holding appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and Social Science. She also teaches in the Communications and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme. Prior to being awarded one of Canada’s first Canada Research Chairs, she was Full Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Her award winning book, The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties was reprinted in 2008. She publishes in the fields of anthropology and critical legal studies. Her work addresses the cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual property laws, and the politics of cultural property and heritage management at the intersections of neoliberalism, informational capital, and human rights.
Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is completing a PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University with a focus on cultural policy and artist-run visual and media arts organizations. In recent years, she has worked as lead researcher/consultant on various sectoral research and community consultation projects commissioned by visual and media arts service organizations. She has served on the boards of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (BC) and VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver) and is currently a board member for Aphotic Theatre (Vancouver). Mariane has exhibited artistic and curatorial projects across Canada and has contributed texts to a number of artistic and scholarly publications.
Ben Donoghue is a Toronto based filmmaker and arts administrator who has instigated dialogue and change in the Canadian film and media arts sector since the early 2000s. His film work for cinema and gallery is focused on explorations of landscape, macro-economic phenomena, and architecture.
In his professional practice Ben is currently Director of the Media Arts Network of Ontario, where he has worked since 2013. He previously worked as the Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) from 2007–2013, and has served in numerous boards and staff positions in artist-run organizations across Canada.
Debbie Ebanks Schlums
Debbie Ebanks Schlums is a multidisciplinary artist exploring themes of Jamaican diaspora, Caribbean archiving, migration, and anti-colonial actions through community engagement, materials, and conversation. She was a founding member of the Out of a War Zone and To Lemon Hill Collectives, both addressing the Syrian refugee crisis. She is a of Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council Visual Arts Grants, and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship. Debbie studied Visual and Critical Studies and Fine Art at the California College of the Arts, and holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. She was Co-Director of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film from 2016 to 2020 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University. She resides in Mulmur, Ontario.
Jonathan MacKenzie is a digital media law analyst specializing in IP, copyright, privacy law, and cultural policy issues. He completed his LLB at Dalhousie University and LLM at Osgoode Hall. Jonathan holds a BA in Political Science from York University and a diploma in Broadcasting and Advertising from Seneca College. As a policy and research analyst and consultant, Jonathan has worked for organizations including the Canadian Independent Music Association and eCampusOntario. He has taught courses on Information Communications Technology and Digital Media Ethics at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently advises on federal regulatory and policy issues for the Canadian telecommunications industry.
Claudia Sicondolfo is a Vanier Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Graduate Department of Film at York University. Her research projects address: film festivals, screen publics, youth and digital media cultures, decolonizing research methodologies and affect in the creative industries. Her doctoral research project examines educational and community outreach strategies within contemporary Canadian digital screen institutions and digital engagement in film festivals. Her research appears in Public Journal and Senses of Cinema, in addition to various book anthologies. Claudia has worked with educational communities across Canada and has published educational companion curriculum for documentaries.
Raegan serves as the Executive Director of The ArQuives, formerly known as the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. She holds a BA from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool. She has worked as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, and as the Archival Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick. She is currently working on her PhD, focusing on the role of community archives in First Nations and Inuit communities. She is member of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives Taskforce to respond to the “Calls to Action” Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.